Assessing Traffic Management Systems (TMSs) Capabilities and Performance: TRB Workshop



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Assessing Traffic Management Systems (TMSs) Capabilities and Performance: TRB Workshop

January 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 6:00 pm CET

About the Workshop

The next generation of Traffic Management Systems (TMSs) and their operations centers (TMCs) offer agencies the potential to improve safety and mobility. To effectively manage and operate a TMS, it is essential to have information about the capabilities and performance of the TMS, as well as an understanding of how to act on that information—how to use it to inform action plans, and how to integrate it into how an agency manages and supports these systems. This information is also essential to communicating the TMS’s value to stakeholders, as well as for planning, programming, and allocating the necessary resources to make improvements or to prepare for the next generation of an agency’s system. 

The International Road Federation was pleased to support again this year, together with other key TRB Committees, IBTTA, ERTICO, and ASECAP, the annual workshop on Traffic Management Systems (TMSs) organised by TRB ITS Committee.  The workshop “Assessing Traffic Management Systems (TMSs) Capabilities and Performance ” was held in person on Sunday, 9 January 2022 in the framework of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting staged on  9-13 January 2022 in Washington, D.C.  

The workshop aimed at identifying:  

  • Key issues for agencies to consider  
  • Successful assessment practices   
  • Resources to assist with assessments  

To achieve this, the workshop included – besides presentations from leading experts – also group discussions that addressed: 

  • Stakeholders to include in assessments  
  • Assessment processes, information, analysis methods, and frequency 
  • Approaches and techniques to facilitate assessing TMS capabilities and performance 
  • How assessments can help develop:  
  1. Needs and priorities for resources, operational enhancements, and improvements 

  2. Plans and actions to improve TMS capabilities and performance 

  3. Plans and actions to prepare, design, and implement upgrades to the next generation of an agency’s TMS. 

Among the follow-up actions agreed upon was the organization of a webinar over the next months to ensure knowledge and practices shared can reach also those who were not able to attend the workshop.